United Nations (Agencies): External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is expected to attend a high-level meeting on peace, security and development at the UN Security Council on February 11 during which he would also discuss India's quest for a permanent seat in the top UN organ.

The meeting is being organised by the Brazilian delegation that holds the presidency of the UN body for this month.

"We have received confirmation from minister of foreign affairs of several delegations," said Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Permanent Representative of Brazil, adding that Portugal, India, Germany, Colombia, Gabon and Bosnia have confirmed their participation.

"We would like to take this broader view on peace and security and explore the inter-linkages between security and development," said Viotti.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota will chair the meeting, which will be briefed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sarah Cliffe, the Director for the World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development at the World Bank.

"The idea is to take a more comprehensive approach to the issues of peace and security keeping in mind that many conflicts have an underlying cause that is sometimes related to issues of poverty, social inequalities and problems of youth and unemployment," Viotti said.

However, Indian officials have reiterated that ongoing "text based negotiations" are bound to produce results.

There are presently 15 members on the Security Council—five permanent (Britain, China, France, Russia, United States), which have veto power and 10 non-permanent members that are elected for a two year terms.

Several countries like India, Brazil, Germany, Japan and South Africa want to become permanent members. Options include the expansion of permanent and non-permanent seats.

It has also been advised that the new permanent members may not be given veto power to start with but after a review period.